Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cynicism Doesn’t Reach a Lost World

Good reflections here from Ed Stetzer:
Walt Disney World specializes in catching your attention—it's a paradise for people with ADD like me. There's something interesting everywhere you look. But the day I visited, there was one thing every person in the resort was certain to notice that wasn't part of the theme park. 
I was in EPCOT at the time—trying to raise girls who know about a big world and about more than just princesses (or maybe just make them nerds like their dad)—when people around me started pointing to the sky. Being a dutiful sheep, I turned and looked as well. 
What I saw were the letters "T-R-U-S." Like most anyone else would if they saw the smoke take shape, I assumed it would say to "trust" someone. Then a "J" was formed, and I joked out loud that it might say, "Trust Jess." But eventually, I figured out that it was "Trust Jesus"—I'm clever like that.

My reaction—and the reactions of others around me—seemed worthy of reflection.
First, my own instinct was to watch how others around me were responding. I have a high "hokey meter" and I wonder how people will respond to things that I perceive as hokey. 
I tend to be skeptical of the effectiveness of barns painted with "For all that sinned and fall short of the glory of God," skywriters who write "Trust Jesus" in the sky, people who have T-shirts with catchy Christian phrases, and—as you may have noticed—church signs that I publish every week on the blog. So for me, both interest and some mild cynicism kicked in. 
What I found most intriguing was the response of people who obviously were Christians. One couple nearby looked to one another and sort of rolled their eyes, then spoke aloud about how there are better ways to share the faith. 
To some degree, I resonated with them. But since the skywriting went on for so long, I got to see the reaction of many people. In doing so, I was challenged-- and perhaps chastened.

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